Sunday, May 13, 2007

Clark's Toyota 5 Mile Run - a Personal Best

Saturday, May 12, 2007
" Flat looped course on the Linkletter Rd. / Confederation Trail, with a downhill finish"

Clark's Toyota 5 mile run at Linkletter. Sunny and windy and 7 degrees. Loop course on the road and trail.

Finishes in 35:35 place 21 out of 62 runners. I set a personal best, 14 seconds faster than best Mount Edward Grocery 5 mile Run in 2004.

Gary Gates won the race 18 seconds ahead of Scott Clark. Rachael McCarvill was top female.

BBQ afterwards and Scott gave me a poster from this year Boston Marathon. He got me one last year too.

Official Result: 21st out of 62
5 miles (8K) in 35 minutes, 35 seconds
2006 Clark's 5 Mile
2005 Clark's 5 Mile

Gary Gates receives congratulations
from wife Danyele and son Garrison.
Last updated at 8:59 AM on 15/05/07

Weather plays factor in Clark's Toyota five-mile race

The Journal Pioneer

Gary Gates won the Clark's Toyota 5-Miler without breaking a sweat.

That owed largely to weather.

"There was a water stop. I was like - why? If I spill it on myself it might freeze up," Gates joked after finishing the five-mile (just over 8 kilometres) run in a course record time of 28 minutes 18 seconds.

Sixty-two runners participated in the third annual event.

Gates, 42, just moved to Hunter River from Florida this month; it was his first race on the Island.

"It was pretty darn windy - windy and cold," he said.

The morning brought a temperature of just under 8 C and winds of 32 kilometres an hour.

Gates liked the course, though added he's not used to so much up and down terrain running in the Sunshine State.

Gates received congratulations from wife, Danyele, and son Garrison, who at 13 months is already a runner.

"He's hard to keep up with," Gates explained.

Scott Clark of Linkletter finished second with a time of 28 minutes 36 seconds, followed by Mike MacKinnon with a time of 30 minutes.

The top female finisher, Rachael McCarvill, agreed the wind made for a slower run because she tried to conserve energy.

McCarvill, 25, is originally from Kensington though now lives in Charlottetown. Her time was 32 minutes 11 seconds.

"If there was no wind, I think I could've done at least a minute faster or two minutes faster," she said. "But I'm happy with that. I feel really good, but I don't think that I put 100 per cent into it."

Rachael and her twin sister Rebecca - who was the second female with her time of 32 minutes 55 seconds - described it as a flat course.

"Maybe I need to go to Florida!," Rachael joked, after learning Gates' found the course a bit more up and down than he's used to.

The third female finisher was Shelley Simmons-MacLeod of Summerside with a time of 35 minutes 14 seconds.

Simmons-MacLeod agreed it had been windy, but noted there's something fair about that.

"Everybody's running under the same conditions," she pointed out.

Proceeds from the run went to the Children's Wish Foundation.

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1 comment:

Anne said...

Congratulations on a personal best!